Have a story you want to share? Below are a few writing contests for kids to get you started. There are a lot more on the web. Just remember, there is a lot of competition and award-winning writing takes hard work, research, and tenacity (that means don’t give up!)
Amazing Kids! Magazine: Offers a variety of contests throughout the year for mixed ages, depending on the contest
Amber Journal – Semiannual journal of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for all age groups; submissions for and by readers aged 10 to 18 years old
Brock Eastman – Offers a variety of contests for ages K – 6 grade
Cicada Magazine – Publish poetry, realistic and genre fic, essay, and comics by adults and teens.
Guardian Angel Publishing – Offers youth contest and an imprint for kids writing and illustrating for kids through a school contest. Kids 12 and under
“It’s All Write!” Teen Writing Contest – Stories are judged in three different categories: Grades 6-8, Grades 9 & 10, and Grades 11 & 12. The top three writers in each age group receive fabulous prizes. This is an ever-growing, international contest sponsored by The Ann Arbor District Library. Contest begins in January.
Kids World Fun – Short story contest for 7-16 year olds
Mrs. P’s Be a Famous Writer – Opens in the fall for K – 4th grade with a contest theme
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards– The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. Opening in September for new submissions.
Skipping Stone Multicultural Magazine – Various writing contests and youth submissions accepted
Stone Soup Magazine– Welcomes submissions from around the world by writers and artists ages 13 and younger
Write the World – New competition every month for ages 13-18 years